With the 2016 season, a new era has begun for our run2gether activities in Austria. The Hochrindl, a mountain pass in the Alps located at an altitude of 1600 meters in the state of Carinthia, will now be the center of our high-altitude running weeks.
Over the last 8 years, we’ve gained a lot of experience hosting running camps. And during this time we’ve consistently tried to tweak various needs, including things like topography, altitude, accessibility, accommodations, infrastructure, and room for future growth. Now, with the Hochrindl as our base, we’re happy to be able to offer you what we feel is an optimal Location.
The altitude of 1,530m to 2,230m lets runners adjust more quickly to an oxygen-reduced climate, yet still offers the optimal setting for effective high-altitude training. Located away from high-tourist areas, the Hochrindl’s rolling hills are the perfect terrain for runners. Whether you’re a beginning runner or training for your next marathon, the various routes – ranging from completely flat to moderate climbs – offer something for everyone. And not too far away, the peaks of the Nock Mountains are ready to give you mountain and trail runners a real run for your money. So if it’s a Kenyan hill and speed workout you’re looking for, or an easy morning jog, or a demanding tempo run, we can put together the appropriate course for you.
Experience the Kenyan way
Our run2gether athletes have been taking care of guests at our week-long running camps for 8 years now. So it’s not without reason that we call our training camps the ORIGINAL in Kenyan training. At our week-long run2gether camp, you can expect to run shoulder-to-shoulder with a winner of an international marathon, improve your running technique with the help of up-and-coming Kenyan athletes, swap motivating stories with fellow runners, eat Kenyan specialties together as a group, all while making friends and having fun. Whether you’re young (12+) or old, fast or slow – if you’re interested in running and Kenyan culture, then we’d love to have you! After kicking off with dinner on Sunday, we spend a whole week together before, unfortunately, having to part ways on Saturday after breakfast.
All around the Hochrindl you’ll find oxygen-rich Swiss pine forests. The habitat of these rare pines are the high-altitude zones along the timber line. They are very robust, extremely cold-resistant, slow-growth trees that can live up to 1,000 years. Lightly undulating running trails and hiking paths wind through the forests.
The altitude of between 1,500m and 2,300m is ideal for high-altitude training. Longer stays at such altitudes increase your red blood cell count, thereby boosting your performance when you return down to your normal surroundings. The clear, pollen-free air helps you regenerate and improves the functioning of your lungs.
Interested, but don’t have enough time to participate for a whole week? No problem! Test the Kenyan way for a single day! A one-day schedule runs as follows: Arrival by 10 a.m. – morning workout followed by group stretching – lunch – rest – an easy afternoon run – dinner preparation together with the Kenyan athletes – the evening meal – departure.
If you’re the type of person who likes going out for a morning run at sunrise together with top Kenyan athletes, then you’ll definitely enjoy the Run2gether running camps. Here you’ll experience authentic Kenyan running culture – right in Austria!
Our hotel, the JUFA Haus HOCHRINDL, is situated at an altitude of 1,630 meters. In addition to providing gorgeous views of the Nock Mountains and surrounding Alpine countryside, the hotel also offers outstanding accommodations:
- Comfy rooms, outfitted in native wood, with bathroom/shower, satellite TV, and balcony or terrace
- Large lounge area
- Traditional-style restaurant
- Café with fireplace (and free WLAN)
- Seminar room
- Spacious wellness area with sauna
After a workout, the hotel’s large terrace is the perfect place to relax in the sun. And for the little ones, there’s a playground and a recreation Course.
The altitude, exceptional air quality, and one-of-a-kind surroundings make the area the perfect place for running. Plus, you’ll learn all about the Kenyan way from people who know best: top Kenyan runners themselves. You’ll train with them, live with them, cook genuine Kenyan meals with them, and have ample opportunity to learn about Kenyan culture and share your own.
Workouts are geared to your individual running needs. You’ll be training alongside one or more Kenyans. Generally, one-on-one training is possible, so you decide the running pace. No matter if you’re a hobby runner, a pro, or a beginner – you’ll fit right in at our running camps!
In the morning, when the sun slowly appears above the horizon, we start our run in the fresh morning air. While the others soundly sleep we run together into the break of day.
The morning run is a relaxed 30 to 40min run, and if there is no other morning programme planed it can become a 70 to 100min long run. Don’t be scared off! Naturally the running distance and your pace will be set according to your fitness.
We finish our run before the day starts. After stretching and a strengthening exercise we have our well-deserved breakfast, which consists of regional products such as homemade farmer’s bread and marmalade, honey, butter and yogurt, also from a local farmer, cereals and tasty sweet potatoes as well as Kenyan tea. During breakfast people discuss their training, exchange life stories or simply joke around.
After relaxing another training session starts in the later morning. This session consists of speed work (a fast and short training), 30 to 40min fartlek, interval training, training of running technique and hill work. Like during all other trainings you are accompanied by a Kenyan runner, which enables you to go to your limits and to give your all.
Tired but having pushed ourselves mentally and physically a bit we return for lunch. Afterwards we have time for other activities such as get-togethers or relaxing. For regeneration we go for a walk or a 30min to 45min warm down later in the afternoon.
In the evening we cook Kenyan food such as Ugali (made from corn flour) or Chapatis (flat bread made from wheat flour) with potato-vegetable stew, which gives us strength for the next day. The evening hours are a time for talking and getting together so that after a day full of exercise you go to bed not only happy, but richer in experience and insight.
During the summer of 2015 following athletes will be part of our team on the Turracher Höhe:
John Kiprop KOSGEI
Francis Maina NJOROGE
Nahashon Gitonga KARURI
Robert Panin SURUM
Francis Muigai WANGARI
Stephen Ndungu KIARIE
Isaac Toroitich KOSGEI
Samuel Njeru KARANI
Simon Kiruthi MUTHONI
Paul Ndungu MUCHAI
Francis Ekidor ERAIN
Ronald Ngigi KARIUKI
Micah Kiplagat SAMOEI
Geoffrey Githuku CHEGE
Geoffrey Gikuni NDUNGU (August)
Step outside the hotel and you’ll find a variety of different running trails that will take you to some of the well-known landmarks of the Alpine region. In addition, extensive pastures with their very soft ground provide alternative training possibilities (ideal after an injury). Yet all the trails have one thing in common: jaw-dropping panoramic views that are bound to motivate you!
€ 490 Running week “Experience the Kenyan way”
One running week (Sunday – Saturday, 7 nights) consists of: Kenyan full pension, accommodation in a comfortable two-bed room (with additional €100 p.w. for single-bed room), accompanied training, unlimited Kenyan tea, training tips, supporting membership for the current year.
Maximum number of participants per week: 20
The running week officially commences with dinner on Sunday at 8pm and officially ends after breakfast the following Saturday. An earlier arrival on Sunday is possible, of course!
Run2gether members (full members) pay €470 p.w. for a two-bed room.
We are also very happy to accommodate teens 12-15 years: €330 p.w.
Good English skills are not a requirement for taking part in the running weeks, are however of advantage.
Test the Kenyan way:
You can also take part in a trial day. Please contact us for details.
The best way to get our accommodation, the Almstube, on Turracher Höhe is by car. Please let us know if you travel by public transport, as we need to arrange for your pick up from the train or bus station or Klagenfurt airport.
To the top of the Turracher Höhe pass you can get by well-developed federal highways and Landstrassen. Afterwards you have to follow a steep forest road for 1,2km. (the forest road is passable by normal car). If you have a low-lying vehicle please contact us prior to your arrival. We can arrange a pick up at the “Nockyflitzer” parking lot
When you reach (Sackstrasse) the parking lot of the summer-toboggan run (Nockyflitzer) leave the federal highway and turn, if you come from the north, right and if you come from the south turn left. Then after passing the summer-toboggan run turn right onto the gravel path and follow the path alongside the toboggan run uphill. At the first crossing turn right (signpost saying “Spotzl’s Hütte”). Then follow the underpass onto a forest road. After 2 steep curves uphill you will come to a flat crossing where you have to turn right and then the Almstube is only 50m away.
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Our running weeks count as our club’s activities. The price for the running weeks comprises the support membership for the club “Laufteam run2gether Austria” for the current year. All athletes involved in the organization of the running weeks are volunteers. The financial surplus (if there is one) is used for maintaining the club’s activities and for supporting the partner club “run2gether Kenia”.
After you have booked and received a confirmation you have to pay a deposit onto our clubs account and the rest is payable in cash on site during the booked running week.
To cover costs in case of a cancellation we recommend taking out a travel – and hotel cancellation insurance.
Here you can find all running week dates and send us a non-binding booking request.